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The Evil Genius

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(4,17 Sterne; 50 Bewertungen)

The Evil Genius, one of Wilkie Collins' last works, is subtitled "A Domestic Scene". It is the intriguing tale of family Linley, including the "evil genius", and their governess Sydney Westerfield. In colorful pictures, Collins presents the story of this family, which becomes entangled in the often hypocritical Victorian perceptions of morality and decency. (Summary by Carolin) (12 hr 50 min)

Chapters

Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Trial

14:24

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Sentence

5:40

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Letter

5:54

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Garret

6:56

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Landlord

3:47

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Brute

9:37

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Cipher

5:51

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Diamonds

7:54

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Mother

9:16

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Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The School

13:59

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First Book - Chapter I - Mrs. Presty Presents Herself

10:26

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First Book - Chapter II - The Governess Enters

7:43

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First Book - Chapter III - Mrs. Presty Changes Her Mind

15:16

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First Book - Chapter IV - Randal Receives His Correspondence

4:48

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First Book - Chapter V - Randal Writes to New York

7:45

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First Book - Chapter VI - Sydney Teaches

6:38

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First Book - Chapter VII - Sydney Suffers

10:18

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First Book - Chapter VIII - Mrs. Presty Makes a Discovery

15:29

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First Book - Chapter IX - Somebody Attends to the Door

25:35

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First Book - Chapter X - Kitty Mentions Her Birthday

17:08

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First Book - Chapter XI - Linley Asserts His Authority

10:34

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First Book - Chapter XII - Two of Them Sleep Badly

9:12

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First Book - Chapter XIII - Kitty Keeps Her Birthday

18:15

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First Book - Chapter XIV - Kitty Feels the Heartache

12:46

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Second Book - Chapter XV - The Doctor

7:11

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Second Book - Chapter XVI - The Child

8:14

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Second Book - Chapter XVII - The Husband

17:28

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Second Book - Chapter XVIII - The Nursemaid

5:15

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Second Book - Chapter XIX - The Captain

11:33

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Second Book - Chapter XX - The Mother-in-Law

6:24

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Second Book - Chapter XXI - The Governess

10:54

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Third Book - Chapter XXII - Retrospect

4:48

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Third Book - Chapter XXIII - Separation

6:34

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Third Book - Chapter XXIV - Hostility

9:50

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Third Book - Chapter XXV - Consultation

21:13

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Third Book - Chapter XXVI - Decision

15:00

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Third Book - Chapter XXVII - Resolution

10:37

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXVIII - Mr. Randal Linley

7:47

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXIX - Mr. Sarrazin

19:05

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXX - The Lord President

15:55

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXI - Mr. Herbert Linley

13:52

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXII - Miss Westerfield

13:29

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXIII - Mrs. Romsey

14:54

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXIV - Mrs. Presty

12:20

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXV - Captain Bennydeck

21:58

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXVI - Mr. and Mrs. Herbert

19:09

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Fourth Book - Chapter XXXVII - Mrs. Norman

15:51

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Fifth Book - Chapter XXXVIII - Hear the Lawyer

7:07

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Fifth Book - Chapter XXXIX - Listen to Reason

11:11

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Fifth Book - Chapter XL - Keep Your Temper

12:26

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLI - Make the Best of It

11:13

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLII - Try to Excuse Her

16:50

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLIII - Know Your Own Mind

11:39

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLIV - Think of Consequences

13:59

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLV - Love Your Enemies

13:19

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLVI - Nil Desperandum

12:15

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLVII - Better Do It Than Wish It Done

14:56

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLVIII - Be Careful!

11:54

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Fifth Book - Chapter XLIX - Keep the Secret

14:14

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Fifth Book - Chapter L - Forgiveness to the Injured Doth Belong

7:31

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Fifth Book - Chapter LI - Dum Spiro, Spero

9:14

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Fifth Book - Chapter LII - L'homme propose, et Dieu dispose

15:33

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Fifth Book - Chapter LIII - The Largest Nature, the Longest Love

11:29

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Fifth Book - Chapter LIV - Let Bygones Be Bygones

12:28

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Fifth Book - Chapter LV - Leave It to the Child

18:35

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Bewertungen

Crummy story in so many ways...

(1 Sterne)

I have both read and listened to Collins' stories, and I can honestly say this is the worst one so far. First, it was WAY too long; I ended up reading through about 1/3 of the chapters because they just drag out without need. A husband gives in to the temptation to KISS another woman, so for that his wife throws him out and divorces him at the instigation of her nasty and mean spirited mother. The old bat should have gotten a comeuppance, but nope, she basically hangs around causing issues and lying her way around with the supposed intention of helping her daughter. In reality, she's a grasping schemer. A happy ending would have, in my opinion, ended with her at the underside of a train. The recordings are mixed, some are good, some are awful, tinny, accents so heavy you can't really follow the story line. It made what was already a rotten story unbearable. Lastly - Am I the only person who has noticed that EVERY recent book has the chapter chopped off at 30 characters long? Books prior to this year have the whole chapter name in the properties, but recent books are always lopped off. Hard to tell what chapter you are on with that, especially with this book. I see 8 chapters with the title of "Fourth Book - Chapter XXX". I ended up listening out of order 3 times because I got confused as to which chapter I was really on. The page listing doesn't have that problem, but if you download the zip file and extract it to media player, you will see what I mean. I can't recommend this book, it is just awful.

Good book.

(3 Sterne)

I liked the book ,and I think Wilkie Collins is great authors.But some of the readers ruined the book for me.I wish that this book or all the books in general should be read only by one reader.I give only three stars because of the readers.I don't mean no disrespect but I have an accent of my own as well and it is very hard for me to understand other people who accents too.I would of liked that the first reader would have read the whole book,because he seems like a great reader.

Re title being truncated

(0 Sterne)

The whole chapter title is still there, and displays in full in VLC Media Player. I do not use Windows Media Player, but I can see that Windows Properties (in Win7) shows only 30 characters. This must be a MS Windows issue, I'm afraid, and I can only suggest using a different player. ETA On reflection, this shouldn't really be a problem on any player, as the title is always prefixed with the section number, so the play order is always clear.

Betrayal

(4 Sterne)

I like the part when Sidney finally repented her conduct. But I hate the ending when Herbert was able to get back to her wife and kid. If Katherine should get the justice, the author should've made Herbert die, so she could be free and married the Captain. But of course it was only my vanity. Lol. I hate the ending but still think WK is awesome. And thank you for all the volunteers.

Bittersweet story

(5 Sterne)

Another great story from WC. A Rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs as you are led through the mischief and misery of infidelity, and the hope for a 'happy' ending. A previous reviewer had noted a missing chapter--that's been corrected. I think it ended as well as a story like this can end.

(3 Sterne)

I was forced to abandon this selection as one of the readers had such a thick accent. After listening to book 1, chapter IV, on 3 occasions,I surrendered. I tried again several days later. unfortunately the same narrator showed up for additional chapters . It neccessrily lessened the enjoyment of the story.

very good read

(5 Sterne)

a few of the readers made me want to stop the book all together. The last reader really took away from the book!!! He really over did what he thought the voices should be . It was like he hadnt known the characters at all.

THIS MOTHER DID NOT KNOW BEST

(5 Sterne)

Another satisfying novel by WC. Mrs. pressley must certainly have been a cousin of the conniving housekeeper from NO NAME. The book suffers from multiple readers, some of whom are virtually impossible to understand.